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5 great ways to connect with moms in real life

Friday, September 7, 2012 Leave a Comment

I get a lot of questions from new moms or moms-to-be about how to meet up with other moms. It can be lonely out there when you're in the newborn stage of nursing/sleeping/pooping/nursing/sleeping/pooping/ad infinitum. It's easy to feel stuck in your house - and it hits you like a ton of bricks that moms need other moms for advice, encouragement, commiseration. It gets easier when they get older to meet other moms - but here are 5 great ways to connect with other moms in real life right now.

1. Get out and get active. Try a postpartum yoga class or fitness class. Stroller Strides is a home run on all counts: it gets you and baby out of the house, and gets you moving and losing that pregnancy weight, and you're out there with other moms with kids the same age. Or check out Mom & Me Yoga at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

2. Join a community of moms. Look around and you'll find 'em: MOPS (moms of pre-schoolers), SPIN, breast-feeding support groups, play-date groups... Naturally Loved has tons of stuff going on for moms: workshops, classes, storytime, even a babysitter meet up.

Montview Mom-Time meets every two weeks at Montview Presbyterian Church - they are the most warm, welcoming group of ladies! Today, they had these AMAZING speakers talking about how to travel with kids. (I thought it was going to be all - "Hey, I'm taking my kids to Disneyland, need all the tips I can get!" but it was more like - "How to move abroad for a year on mission to Ethiopia" and "How to visit 13 countries on $60 a day...") Yes, there is childcare!

3. Or not. Do what fits you best. I couldn't agree more with this advice: If you feel judged or judgy of the other moms, don't pressure yourself to join anything. It's not required. Personally, I'd rather commiserate about how my 3 year old is reverting to baby talk with a good friend or neighbor with kids the same age. Preferably over a glass of wine.

4. Go to the park. Get the kid in the stroller, pack up your diaper bag, and walk to the park. I met one of my best friends at the park one morning when our kids were 18 months old. They're still buds.

5. You are invited to Stapleton Garden Club End of the Season Harvest Party on September 30th. Do you garden? Have an abundance of food? Like to eat with friends and neighbors? Want to trade crops? Like to crash parties? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions we would love to have you.

Please bring a dish made from crops from your garden, can even be one ingredient. If you do not have a garden please bring something healthy to eat. We want to share the fruits of our labors with friends and neighbors. We want to meet like minded individuals who want to get back to basics of living off the land and eat healthy, fresh food.

Kids of all ages are invited, from 0 to 100+

We will dine outdoor in wonderful sunny weather.

Please bring crops that you’d like to swap, seeds, as well as any other food items you’d like to show off, such as garlic braids, homemade honey, pickles, etc.

When: Sunday, September 30th at 3pm, stay till you can’t eat no more and then some.
Place: Caroline and Dane’s place/courtyard

Please RSVP to marcelekb@dvierow.com so we can make sure we have enough tables and chairs.

Let’s make this the biggest Stapleton feast ever.

1 comments »

  • scoop said:  

    Such a great post. Thanks Liz. Being a Mom is the hardest job I've ever had and the balance is almost impossible to find. Should I particiapte or should I just stay in PJs and hang with my kiddo until 3p?